Help dressing a man with cerebral palsy
John Adie from the Surrey panel has been approached by an OT with the following request and wonders if anyone has any experience in this area and could offer any assistance.
‘I am working with a man in his forties who has cerebral palsy and has recently been widowed. His wife had been assisting him to pull up his trousers and underpants after using the toilet, but he is now finding it difficult to manage this independently. He has impaired balance and limited range of movement in his arms, which coupled with impaired hand function and reduced grip means he cannot reach behind himself to pull his clothes up over his bottom or get a firm grip on his clothing (whilst at the same time maintaining his balance) He has some trouser clips but they are not really solving the problem. We discussed using braces to assist with his trousers, but this would not really work with underpants.’
If you can offer any assistance, please contact John on 01372 879099 or leave a comment below.
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